Whether you want to drop some pounds or just maintain your weight, here are three fairly simple things you can do to achieve your goals:
1. Drink two glasses of water before every meal. Researchers have found that participants who drank two cups (16 ounces) of water before each meal lost an average of five pounds more than those who followed the same diet but didn’t drink the water. The explanation is very simple: The extra volume in water in your stomach gives you the sensation of being partially full, so you don’t feel the need to eat so much.
2. Walk off your craving. Next time you get the urge to snack, talk a walk! A brisk, 10- to 15-minute walk seems to reduce the cravings. You could also follow the advice in the first paragraph, and drink some water.
3. Don’t eat while you’re distracted. A recent study has shown that people consume more calories when watching TV, reading, or playing computer games than if they eat without engaging in those activities. Why? It seems that distracted eaters are worse at remembering what they eat, and therefore seem to think they need more to eat.
By Nick Katsarelas